Oil baron T. Boone Pickens told the U.S. Congress in Washington on October 21 that U.S. energy companies are “entitled” to some of Iraq's crude oil because of the large number of U.S. troops that lost their lives fighting in the country and the American taxpayer money spent in Iraq.
Pickens complained to the newly formed Congressional Natural Gas Caucus that the Iraqi government has awarded contracts to non-U.S. Companies, particularly Chinese firms, to develop Iraq's vast reserves while U.S. companies have been shut out.
“Heck, we even lost 5,000 of our people, 65,000 injured and a trillion, five hundred billion dollars.” Bitter over promises (which Obama is unlikely to keep), Pickens said, “We leave there with the Chinese getting the oil.”
Cry us a river, boss man, but the blood and the oil still flow plenty profits into your pockets. Only anti-war mass protest action will turn off that tap. --Barry Weisleder